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Competition Guidelines - Choral

Competition includes classification for Middle/Junior High Schools, and Senior High School groups. Middle and Junior High School groups will only compete against each other. Classifications have been determined to ensure fairness and optimum performance opportunity

The judging panel will consist of three adjudicators for choral. There will be no sight reading or required numbers. Groups may elect to participate for festival rating, or for awards in competition. Each school may enter up to five (5) choral groups.

Please Note: All music performed will be adjudicated.

Mixed Chorus, Men's Chorus, Treble Choir, Chamber/Madrigal Choir And Gospel Choir
Each group will perform one warm-up (if desired) and two compositions of the Director's choice suitable for festival use. If more than one group from a school is in the same category, the second group must be entered in Open Class.

Fiesta-val will make available an announcer's microphone, piano, conductor's stand and standard three-step choral risers. No special lighting or sound system will be provided.

Each group will be allowed fifteen (15) minutes to set up, perform, and clear the stage.

Classifications:
Division I: Middle and Junior High School
Division I - Open: Middle and Junior High School
Senior High School groups will be classified according to school enrollment or Open Class.
Division II: 600 and below
Division III: 601 to 1100
Division IV: 1101 and above
Open Class Division

Jazz Choir
(jazz literature without choreography)
Jazz Choirs will be allowed a maximum of 25 minutes to set up, perform, and clear the stage.

Classifications:
Middle and Junior High School: Division I & Division I - Open
Senior High School: Division II & Open Class Division

Show Choir
(jazz literature with choreography)
Show Choirs will be allowed a maximum of 25 minutes to set up, perform, and clear the stage.

Classifications:
Middle and Junior High School: Division I & Division I - Open
Senior High School: Division II & Open Class Division

Competition Guidelines - Instrumental

Competition includes classification for middle/junior high schools, and senior high school groups. Middle and junior high school groups will only compete against each other. Classifications have been determined to ensure fairness and optimum performance opportunity.

The judging panel will consist of three adjudicators for instrumental. Jazz band will have two adjudicators. There will be no sight reading or required numbers. Groups may elect to participate for festival rating, or for awards in competition.

Parade and Auxiliary Performances will be held on Saturday (some exceptions may apply).

Please Note: All music performed will be adjudicated.

Concert Band/Wind Ensemble, Orchestra*
Requirements of each group include three compositions: a warm-up, and two selections from the group's state list, NBA Manual, or from any accredited listing.

Time allowed for the performance will be determined by the grade of music selected.

Fiesta-Val will provide music stands and chairs, podium, piano, chimes, xylophone, four timpani, concert bass drum and marimba.

*Any orchestra consisting of less than 10 members will receive a rating only and will not be eligible for competition.

Classifications:
Division I: Middle and Junior High Schools
Division I - Open: Middle and Junior High Schools (second group only)
Senior High School classification will be according to the grade level of music chosen by the group or Open Class.
Division II: Grade 2 Music
Division III: Grade 3 Music
Division IV: Grade 4 Music
Division V: Grade 5 Music
Division VI: Grade 6 Music
Open Class Division: Any grade level of music accepted

Jazz Ensemble, Stage Band and Guitar Ensemble
The director will choose two selections for the group's performance. Each group will perform one warm-up (if desired) and two compositions of the director's choice suitable for festival use. Electrical receptacle, piano, chairs and stands will be provided.

Classifications:
No enrollment requirement will be set for middle or junior high schools.
Division I: Middle and Junior High Schools
Division I Open: Middle and Junior High Schools (second group only)
Senior high schools will be classified according to the outline which follows.
Division II: 801 and below
Division III: 802 to 1,301
Division IV: 1,302 and above
Open Class Division: Second Group only
The movement of groups from their qualifying division will only be permitted to a division with greater enrollment.
Each school may enter more than one jazz band; however, the second group must enter Open Class.

Parade
Participation is required for the entire parade length. Forward motion must be maintained by the band proper or a 10 point penalty will be imposed.
The basis for the judges' evaluations will be music, marching, and general effect. Auxiliaries will be judged separately and also included in the evaluation of the band's overall performance.

Classifications:
Division I: Middle School and Junior High School
Division II: 61 and below
Division III: 62 to 81
Division IV: 82 and above
The movement of bands from their qualifying division will only be permitted to a division with greater enrollment.
NOTE: Should less than 2 bands register in the Parade category, the event will be eliminated. Deadline for Parade registration is no later than one month prior to the festival.

Auxiliaries

  • All members must be currently enrolled in the represented school. Each performance must consist of a minimum of three minutes and a maximum of 7 1/2 minutes.
  • Indoor Guard - Each unit will consist of no less than eight (8) members
  • Flag Squad, Rifle Squad, Majorette Squad, Drill Team and Dance Team - Each unit will consist of no less than three (3) members.
  • Marching Drum Line - (Marching and Maneuvering Required)
  • Percussion Ensemble - (No Marching and Maneuvering Required)

Classifications:
Division I: Middle and Junior High Schools
Open Class Division: Senior High Schools

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"I have worked with Fiesta-val since they opened their doors, both as a director and now for more than 23 years as a professional tour operator. Our experiences have always been extremely professional and each year we have several clients attend their programs. Based on the evaluations we receive from our clients, as well as over two decades of working with their owners and staff, Fiesta-val is always one of just a few festival companies at the top of the list!"

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"We are back from Pigeon Forge and the trip was awesome! The kids had such a great time! Thank you for all your help planning and setting things up for us the hotel was perfect and the festival location and the adjudication were top notch."

- Pamela Letts, Band Director, H.B. du Pont Middle School


"I really enjoyed working with Jenny and your crew. This is the first time doing a large trip like this I look forward to running the middle school band trip with you next year."

- Jay Sykes, Band Director, Goochland High School and Goochland Middle School

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